Ride for Life

cycling and food in aid of cancer research in association with FORCE



The 2nd Nello Memorial Century Cycle Challenge July 1st, 2001 raises £17,000 for the FORCE Cancer Support Centre Appeal

I’m delighted to report on behalf of Ride for Life that we recently handed over a cheque to FORCE for £17,000. This is money raised from the 2nd Nello Memorial Century Cycle Challenge, the one hundred mile cycle from Topsham to the roof of Exmoor and back on July 1st, 2001.This was the second year the ride has taken place in honour and memory of Nello. Over 150 cyclists took part, and we had more than double than number in the evening for the pasta feast.
The money raised this year has been donated to the FORCE Cancer Support Centre Fund, the major new initiative to create a purpose-built cancer support centre on the grounds of the RD & E. As Meriel Fishwick (herself a Topsham resident) says, “This is the biggest leap forward in cancer support ever funded by FORCE for it will allow us to provide an individualised and holistic approach to cancer care.”
The ground for this great and important initiative has yet to be broken, but plans have now been approved for an imaginative and sensitively designed centre that will be of real benefit to patients, their carers and families. The FORCE Cancer Support Centre will provide a range of complementary therapies, facilitate support groups, provide information, advice and support in a non-clinical environment, and quite simply enhance patient/carer quality of life. We know, sadly from experience, how important such a centre will be and that is why we are delighted to be able to contribute to this hugely important initiative. However, we are keenly aware too that the appeal has only just begun and much work is yet to be done before this inspirational centre will become reality.
Nello was an inspirational friend and member of the Topsham community, and it is wholly fitting that an event born out of his memory should grow to become such a significant annual feature on the Topsham calendar. If you’d like like to join the Ride for Life team or get involved in any way, we’d love to hear from you. Please call Marc or Kim on 01392 873778 or email marc@rideforlife.org.uk.

2nd Nello Century Cycle Challenge Ride Report

2nd Nello Century Cycle Challenge Pasta Feast Menu

Friends of Ride for Life

I'd particularly like to thank the following Ride for Life friends who have generously helped us again this year. Your assistance will help us to maximise the proceeds from this event in aid of cancer research in association with FORCE, Exeter.

Michael Caines at the Royal Clarence

David and Ondine Kearly

Rosie Barron, Christine McFadden and Liz Franklin (professional foodwriters and authors who have for the second year running come down especially to help prepare foods for the Nello Pasta Feast)

Mario and Luisa Fontana, Cascina Fontana, Castiglione Falletto, Italy
(Barbera d'Alba wine brought out specially for the event by Mario)

Billingtons Sugar (supply of a brilliant range of sugars for baking flapjacks, cakes and other cyclists fodder)

Turton's Butchers, Exeter (supply of delicious Tuscan sausages)

Arthur's Butchers, Topsham (supply of meat for grilling)

Darts Farm Shop (vegetables)

Highfield Farm Shop (salads)

Boyce Fruit Farm (strawberries)

Crusty Cob (Neil Tubbs, cyclists)

Richards (official banana sponsor)

I'd also like to thank the following local businesses for very kindly supplying prizes for our Raffle:

Colin Lewis Cycles, Paignton

Richards Bikes, Heavitree, Exeter

The Bike Shed, Exeter

Bikepark, London

Michael Caines at the Royal Clarence

Restaurant No. 5, Topsham

Cohiba Restaurant, Exeter

The Foc'sle, Topsham

Restaurant No. 62, Topsham

Cooks Aweigh, Topsham

The Cheese Shop, Topsham

Remedies, Topsham

The Globe, Topsham

The Café, Topsham

The Bridge Inn, Topsham


Our Mission

The 1st Nello Memorial Century Cycle Challenge

The Ride for Life Topsham-Venice 1997 Trip Diary

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The 1st Nello Memorial Century Cycle Challenge July 2nd, 2000:
'Official' Ride Report and Nello Pasta Feast Menu


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